A Sad Day For Comedy
Berlusconi confirmed a statement from President Giorgio Napolitano that he would step down as soon as parliament passed urgent budget reforms demanded by European leaders after Italy was sucked into epicenter of the euro zone debt crisis.
The votes in both houses of parliament are likely this month and they would spell the end of a 17-year dominance of Italy by the flamboyant billionaire media magnate.
Berlusconi’s corporatist governing style and creepy-old-man personal life made him one of Europe’s least appealing leaders. But you’ve gotta admit he did have a gift for phrasemaking.